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Courage event: The digital surveillance state – Quo vadis, Democracy?

What happens to the idea of democracy in an age of mass surveillance, data espionage and collaboration between the BND and NSA? How was the NSA scandal received in the United States and Germany and what can – and must – we learn from this?

Courage is proud to co-host a discussion between some of America’s most celebrated intelligence whistleblowers and some of the German politicians charged with investigating the extent of US and German surveillance cooperation. Thomas Drake, Daniel Ellsberg, Jesselyn Radack and Coleen Rowley will be attending the event at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt on Sunday 7 June, along with members of the Bundestag surveillance investigation Konstantin von Notz, Martina Renner and former Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Peter Schaar. The event will be moderated by Courage Acting Director Sarah Harrison and introduced by Expose Facts’ Norman Solomon.

The event has been organised in association with, DIE ZEIT, ZEIT Online and Transmediale and tickets will be available on the day on a first come, first served basis. The event begins at 3pm.

Missed the event? You can listen to the audio recording online here: